“Winner winner, chicken dinner.” This victory banner phrase from Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) seemingly kicked off the invasion of battle royale games across the lives of millions of players in 2016. Before battle royales started to trend, most people only knew the genre through H1Z1 or DayZ
Once PUBG debuted, it really only took until streamers like Shroud or Dr Disrespect started streaming for the game to truly take a foothold across the world. Most people knew multiplayer games like League of Legends or Dota 2. Still, PUBG was revolutionary as it allowed gamers to band together and immerse themselves in some hyper-shooter action where teamwork mattered more than ever. And there was also something amusing about competitively fighting to the death in an arena too.
It’s been a while since PUBG introduced battle royale games to most masses. Nowadays, when most people hear the words “battle royale,” they usually instantly think of Fortnite or Call of Duty: Warzone. But what if we told you there was more behind the veil of the genre than most thought. That’s right. There are hundreds of arena-based titles comprising more than just guns, grenades, and building wooden two-by-two fortresses while you drink Chug Jugs.
This guide will cover some of the best battle royale games you can play anywhere. This list features titles you can play on PC, mobile, and console. Note that this guide won’t cover the basic mechanics of some listed titles as they’re relatively universal across the genre.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Mobile is a massive battle royale mobile featuring everything players love from the Call of Duty (CoD) franchise and more.
The game features a battle royale mode and a multiplayer setting, and there’s a handful of playable modes and a few maps to play on. CoD: Mobile features classes players can choose from to spice up their gameplay. With tons of cosmetics, in-game events, and even a ranking system, CoD: Mobile’s one of the most accessible and widely enjoyed battle royale games on mobile.
If PUBG’s the grandaddy of battle royales, then Fortnite is the father. Published and developed by Epic Games, Fortnite is another massive arena-based title available across PC, Android, iOs, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
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The game features the simple formula most know about battle royales, guns, and all that. However, Fortnite switches up its gameplay through resource farming and building mechanics to make it vertically combative. There are so many cosmetics, in-game modes and events, and a ranking system for more competitive players.
Developed and published by Supercell, Brawl Stars introduces the genre in a much more minimalized form. The game features a three-versus-three multiplayer battle arena stage where players can choose characters called Brawlers pre-match to fight others. Accessible on mobile, Brawl Stars is one of those battle royale games which doesn’t necessarily take up half an hour to complete. The game features in-game events, modes, ever-changing maps, and tons of Brawlers to play and collect. Brawl Stars is available on iOS and Android.
When the game world went silent, Apex Legends landed at the most opportune moment, took over the genre for many months, and remained a strong battle royale contender. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, Apex Legends features playable characters known as Legends and a setting in a futuristic sci-fi universe.
There are various playable modes, in-game events and cosmetics, and a competitive ranking system. Apex Legends mobile counterpart features Legends unique to the port and a few other aspects like perks and a more detailed weapon stat system. The game’s super accessible with Apex Legends on PC, mobile, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
Garena Free Fire
If you know Rules of Survival, meet Garena Free Fire, a similar title but a little more refined. Published by Garena and developed by 111dots Studio, Garena Free Fire, also known as Free Fire, is a massive mobile battle royale game that took Asia by storm upon launch. The game comprises a character and companion system, in-game cosmetics and events, and playable modes to keep battle royale fanatics entertained. The game’s available across Apple and Android phones.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Developed by Mediatonic, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, also known as Fall Guys, is one of the battle royale titles taking the fight away from the accustomed gun action. Instead, it requires players to win as the last one standing through parkouring.
The game features various mini-games where you need to either make it to the end of the parkour course, score as many goals with your team, or hop on disappearing platforms while surviving. There are so many little challenges to overcome while remaining ahead of everyone. Fall Guys is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
Naraka Bladepoint twists the standard formula as one of the more recently released battle royale games. Published by NetEase Games Montreal and developed by 24 Entertainment.
Naraka Bladepoint features a mythical combative experience with martial arts, gravity-defying movement, and vast arsenals of melee and ranged weapons comprising a majority of the game. Inspired by the legends of the Far East, the game also features customizable heroes with unique-looking abilities. Naraka Bladepoint’s playable across PC and Xbox, with a mobile ported version arriving on Apple and Android soon.
Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Developed and published by Krafton Inc. and PUBG Corporation, PUBG is the battle royale title that may haven’t started the genre, but it indeed put it into massive motion. The game features an enormous map where matches take much longer to complete.
PUBG features an almost real-life combative experience where recoil, trajectory, and bullets matter across short and long-range gameplay. There are in-game cosmetics and events, playable modes, and even vehicles to ride and traverse the vast land across PUBG. The game’s available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Google Stadia, and mobile.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt
Another battle royale title changing the formula is Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt. Published and developed by Sharkmob, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt, also known as Bloodhunt, the game features vampire factions, archetypes, and clans resembling classes and supernatural powers.
Bloodhunt is reasonably fast-paced and comprises verticality across combat and various weapons. The game’s available on PC and PlayStation.
Published by Hi-Rez Studios and developed by Heroic Leap Games, Realm Royale is almost comparable to the now-dead Spellbreak (Rest in Peace Spellbreak). The game features fantasy-focused classes like warriors or mages that can cast spells, a vast map, and unique abilities. Realm Royale is a fast-paced battle royale available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
And that concludes the list of the top ten battle royale games you can play anywhere right now. This guide doesn’t necessarily mean you should only play these games. There are so many battle royales already out and soon to release. And it’s hard to say which arena-focused title takes the cake annually.
Remember, battle royale games shouldn’t appeal to you if they’ve been played by millions of people, but rather knowing it’s an enjoyable title you’ll relish for hours. We hope you enjoyed our list of the best battle royales; see you in the arena.
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